Ontario Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Health Workforce Accountability and Enhance Data-Driven COVID-19 Response

Published on April 28, 2021

The Ontario government has introduced legislation that, if passed, will help strengthen Ontario’s health care workforce and support the delivery of high-quality care by regulating personal support workers, physician assistants and behaviour analysts. The health and well-being of all Ontarians has always been this government’s top priority, and we are committed to ensuring our health care workforce has the supports and resources they need to keep Ontarians safe and healthy.

 

The proposed legislation recognizes the important role of select health and supportive care staff in delivering high-quality care to Ontarians each day, especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, by:

  • Establishing a new legislative framework for personal support workers that supports consistency in education, training and standards of practice, regardless of work setting or employment type, with further details to be set out in regulation following extensive consultation with the sector.
  • Regulating physician assistants under the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and behaviour analysts under the College of Psychologists of Ontario to facilitate quality of care and patient safety.

 

This legislation would also enhance the province’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic by promoting the timely reporting of COVID-19 vaccine data to the Ministry of Health. This is part of the government’s commitment to build a more connected, patient-centred health care system.

 

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